A thrifter’s guide to Leamington Spa

This month I’ve cast the thrifting net a little further by visiting the Warwickshire Spa Town of Royal Leamington Spa. The town is noted for its beautiful Georgian architecture: I visited on a winter’s day and got caught in a hail storm: Leamington Spa is a prosperous town – type its name into Google andContinue reading “A thrifter’s guide to Leamington Spa”

The UK’s best thrifting destination?

Grazia magazine – I never miss an issue! – recently ran a feature about some of the best charity shops and vintage stores in the UK. Alderley Edge, a town in Cheshire was identified as top destination of choice for thrifters. It just so happens that a very good friend of mine from university livesContinue reading “The UK’s best thrifting destination?”

Putting on the (pre-owned) glitz

If ever there was an item clothing that it makes sense to buy secondhand, it’s a Christmas party frock. At this time of year, the shops are overflowing with sequins, satin and shimmer. I don’t know about you, but after a lockdown Christmas last year, I am so ready to party I’d consider wearing heelsContinue reading “Putting on the (pre-owned) glitz”

How a year of blogging has changed me

Today is my blog-iversary: I was thinking yesterday that it must be about a year since I started this blog.  I just looked and my first ever post was on October 25th 2020 – exactly a year ago today.  I am no longer terrified of sharing photos of myself When I uploaded my first post,Continue reading “How a year of blogging has changed me”

Autumn knits rewear

Autumn is my favourite season in fashion.  As sad as it feels to put away sun dresses and sandals, unboxing cosy sweaters and boots makes me excited for the new season.  I can almost smell the bonfires as I get out the knitwear.  This autumn my knitwear collection is mainly jumpers I’ve owned for aContinue reading Autumn knits rewear

Can the Circular Economy solve fashion’s environmental problems? 

The fashion industry generates a huge quantity of waste.   One of the most quoted statistics about the environmental impacts of clothing is that 300,000 tonnes of clothing find their way to landfill every year in the UK.  This statistic comes from the Waste Resources Action Plan (WRAP) in their excellent 2017 report ‘Valuing Our Clothes’. Continue reading “Can the Circular Economy solve fashion’s environmental problems? “

Recycled By

Ruth, the founder of ‘Recycled By’, has a mission.  Her ambition goes beyond persuading people to buy pre-owned clothing; it’s to encourage them to be proud to be seen in second-hand.  Recycled By seeks out the best pre-owned clothing available.   Its current selection includes Prada mules, a skirt by Stella McCartney and pieces from top-endContinue reading “Recycled By”

How to successfully shop secondhand online

As it’s secondhand September, I’ve been thinking about how buying pre-owned clothes can become the preferred option for more and more people.  The over-production of new clothes is such a huge problem environmentally and socially.  Shopping secondhand is such a good solution since it allows you to look just as good – wait, better! –Continue reading “How to successfully shop secondhand online”

Secondhand jeans for secondhand September

One of the most exciting developments in the preloved fashion world has been seeing major companies embracing the trend. Madewell is one of my favourite fashion brands. On trips to the States, I once picked up two identical pairs of jeans in their Atlanta store because the cut and fit were so good. I reallyContinue reading “Secondhand jeans for secondhand September”